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Caisse comes up trumps with another stage

It was became a matter of 'double or nothing' for Caisse d'Epargne in this year's Vuelta a Chihuahua when Dani Moreno took the team's second consecutive stage win in Parral after another tough day that featured a quality breakaway.

Today it was Michael Rasmussen who provided the fireworks; with a point to prove and fire in his belly, the Dane spent much of the day attacking. The Tecos Trek rider launched three forays off the front, the final one gaining him two minutes and moving him to sixth on the general classification.

The previous day Gregorio Ladino had forgotten about Rasmussen when he made it into the winning break that gained more than seven minutes on the peloton. It effectively ended the former Rabobank rider's chances of overall victory after he had won the prologue.

"I started [the stage] really angry," said Rasmussen. "Yesterday, the team made a mistake in its tactics, as the strongest rider of the team was me, and today I have again demonstrated this; in the end I suffered from the effort and Dani Moreno won easily."

Rasmussen was joined late in the stage by Moreno, who was aware of Rasmussen's efforts and realised he was in with a solid chance of taking the win. "Rasmussen didn't work in the final kilometres, but I didn't stress because I knew that he was very tired and also knew that I was faster than him, so I was confident in maintaining the pace on the hills and squeezing him on the flat," said Moreno.

"There's always some doubt when you have someone on your wheel, but I won easily. I came to win the Vuelta a Chihuahua, but I am also happy with winning a stage because it's my first victory of the year, although I still think I'm one of the strongest in this race."

Rock Racing's Oscar Sevilla remains the overall leader, the Spaniard again praising his teammates for their efforts in controlling the day's proceedings. "The lead was never threatened thanks to the great team work done for me. Rasmussen is a great racer, he attacked but we controlled it," said Sevilla.

I was more worried about possible attacks from Ladino or Rui Costa, who are closer in the standings - we monitored them well," he added.

"It [the stage] was hard but we know that we controlled it very well; Paco Mancebo and I are perfectly attuned and to have someone like him makes me much more confident. He did a great job for me," said Sevilla.

Rock Racing's leader was quick to add, "You could say that this was the key stage for the resolution of the race but nothing is decided yet. We have taken an important step [to taking the win]."


1Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4:17:32
2Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek0:00:02
3Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:19
4Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
5Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:00:22
6Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
7Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
8Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:24
10Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
11Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
12Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
13Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:00:41
14David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
15Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:02:44
16Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD0:04:45
17Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:04:48
18Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
19Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
20Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:04:52
21David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing
22Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
23Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD
24Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
25Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
26Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:08:55
27Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista
28José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing
29Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek
30Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:12:32
31Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:15:42
32Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek0:15:45
33Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
34Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
35Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing
36Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek
37Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
38Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
39Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
40Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD
41Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
42José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
43Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:18:49
44Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:28:51
45Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
46Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven
47Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
48Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
49Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven
50Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
51Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
52Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo
53Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD
54Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
55Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
56Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
57Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental
58Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo
59Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
60Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
61Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
62Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista
63Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo
64Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
65Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
66Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
67Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD
68Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne
69Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
70Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
71Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
72Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
73Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
74Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD
75Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
76Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
77Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
78Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy
79Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
80Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven
81Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo
82Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
83Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo
84Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
85Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
86David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing
87Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-Delicias
88Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
89Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
90Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
91Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy
92Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
93Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo
94Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy
95Ãngel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
96Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek
97Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy
98Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy
99Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
100Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing

Cat 4, 117.2km
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek4pts
2Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3
3David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2
4Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek1

Cat 3, 132.6km
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek6pts
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing5
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4
4Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing3
5Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1

Metas Volante 1 - Baquiriachi, 62.5km
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek5pts
2David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing3
3Jacobe Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies2

Metas Volante 2 - Belleza, 97.7km
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek5pts
2David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing3
3Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing2

Metas Volante 3 - Puerto Justo, 144.2km
1Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek5pts
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing3
3Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2

1Caisse D'Epargne12:53:24
2Tecos Trek0:00:17
4Rock Racing0:04:45
5Rabobank Continental0:12:27
6Xacobeo Galicia0:20:13
9Kelly Benefit Strategies0:37:39
10Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:48:40
11Madeinox Boavista0:52:43
12Canels Turbo0:55:47
15Meitan Hompo1:12:36
17Planet Energy1:25:45

General classification
1Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing14:50:19
2Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek0:00:06
3Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:03
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD0:05:13
5Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:18
6Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek0:07:20
7Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing0:07:39
8Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:07:54
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:07:58
10Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:01
11Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:08:05
12Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:12
13David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:08:32
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:08:41
15Juan Cotumba (Bol) Tecos Trek0:10:42
16Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:11:14
17Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:12:39
18Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:12:45
19Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:12:57
20Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD0:12:58
21Jose A. Carrasco (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:13:02
22Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:13:44
23José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing0:17:06
24Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo0:20:51
25José Herrada (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:23:58
26Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing0:24:00
27Guillaume Pont (Fra) Meitan Hompo0:24:12
28Alvaro Argira (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:24:31
29Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek0:26:33
30Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:29:05
31Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:29:07
32Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:47
33David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing0:30:07
34Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:33:14
35Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:33:51
36Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo0:34:52
37Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:36:43
38Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:36:49
39David Martin (Spa) Rock Racing0:36:52
40Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne0:36:54
41Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias0:37:00
42Aitor Perez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:37:07
43Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
44Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:37:25
45Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:37:46
46Ivan Martinez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:37:51
47Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:37:57
48Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek0:40:08
49Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven0:43:58
50Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:45:29
51Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:46:07
52Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo0:47:06
53Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:47:28
54Gregor Cazvoda (Slo) Meitan Hompo0:49:10
55Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven0:52:40
56Andrew Randell (Can) Planet Energy0:53:32
57Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD0:53:49
58Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:53:50
59Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:53:56
60Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista0:54:00
61Ãngel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:54:11
62Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:54:52
63Jose A. Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:54:53
64Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:55:46
65Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD0:56:11
66Mikayata Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo0:56:33
67Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:57:08
68Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD
69Hector Spaasandin (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:57:21
70Sergio Hernandez (USA) Rock Racing0:57:22
71Jacob Erker (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:58:03
72Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:59:03
73Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:59:15
74Mauricio Frazer (Arg) Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:59:20
75Francois Parisien (Can) Planet Energy0:59:52
76Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD0:59:58
77Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental1:00:54
78Antonio Aldape (Mex) Tecos Trek1:01:15
79Jorge Pancoatl (Mex) Canels Turbo1:01:20
80Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:01:31
81Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental1:02:00
82Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy1:02:03
83Marco A. Ortega (Mex) Canels Turbo1:02:20
84Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy1:02:24
85Javier Saenz (Spa) Alpura-Delicias1:02:32
86Luis Macias (Mex) Tecos Trek1:03:55
87Jessel Valenzuela (Mex) Alpura-Delicias1:05:12
88Juan C. Hernandez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:06:50
89Mickael Damien (Fra) Meitan Hompo1:07:02
90Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo1:08:03
91Edgar E. Mendez (Mex) Alpura-Delicias1:08:21
92Joel Alamillo (Mex) Orven
93Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Rabobank Continental1:09:19
94Ramon Juarez (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:12:09
95Cheyne Hoag (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies1:13:41
96Jose A. Ochoa (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:17:15
97Keir Plaice (Can) Planet Energy1:17:18
98Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:17:45
99Gerardo Soto (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.1:17:48
100Edgar Treviño (Mex) Orven1:18:28

Mountains classification
1Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne24pts
2Xabier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur22
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing20
4Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek19
5Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing17
6Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing14
7Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13
8Gregorio Ladino (Col) Tecos Trek11
9Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies11
10David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing10
11Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek10

Metas Volante classification
1David Vitoria (Sui) Rock Racing21pts
2Michael Rasmussen (Den) Tecos Trek15
3Andrey Amador (Crc) Caisse d'Epargne13
4Dario Cioni (Ita) ISD10
5Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo8
6Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing6
7Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6
8Rui A. Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4
9Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing3
10Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto2
11Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD2

Best Young Rider
1Michael Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental
2Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
3Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
4Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
5Jon Pardo (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
6Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
7Alberto Morras (Spa) Madeinox Boavista
8Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
9Pedro Merino (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
10Niek Van Geffen (Ned) Rabobank Continental
11Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy

Best Mexican Rider
1Francisco Matamoros (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
2Jose Gomez (Mex) Canels Turbo
3Ignacio Sarabia (Mex) Tecos Trek
4Arquidemes Lam (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
5Hector H. Rangel (Mex) Canels Turbo
6Ricardo Tapia (Mex) Alpura-Delicias
7Eder Arenas (Mex) Arenas-Afamado C.T.
8Florencio Ramos (Mex) Tecos Trek
9Cesar Vaquera (Mex) Orven
10Alfredo Gabino (Mex) Canels Turbo
11Manuel Hernandez (Mex) Orven

Teams classification
1Caisse D'Epargne44:46:57
2Tecos Trek0:02:06
3Rock Racing0:04:32
6Rabobank Continental0:38:12
7Kelly Benefit Strategies0:42:38
9Arenas-Afamado C.T.0:59:25
10Xacobeo Galicia1:01:39
12Madeinox Boavista1:18:19
13Canels Turbo1:26:48
15Meitan Hompo1:50:30
17Planet Energy2:37:46


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